As Americans, our right to vote is a privilege and a responsibility. We need to take that responsibility seriously, ensure that our elections are free and fair, and safeguard our voting system – while also working to make voting more accessible so every eligible citizen can make their voice heard.
In the 2016 general election, Common Cause worked with the Chicago Lawyers’ committee to ensure fair and impartial voting procedures and to protect against voter intimidation. We deployed more than 200 poll watchers to protect the right to vote across the state.
In April 2017, as part of an Election Protection coalition in Cook County, Common Cause IL worked again with the Chicago Lawyer’s committee and other organizations to facilitate voter protection and ensure voter access. The efforts for election protection continue for the state, and our coalition members.
To be a poll watcher, you must be a registered voter in Illinois, and be available for at least three hours of poll watching. Common Cause provides robust training for poll watchers to feel confident in ensuing the election judges and poll workers follow the law.
Protecting our democracy is not a partisan issue — when a foreign government or anyone else tries to influence our elections, it weakens all of our votes and voices. The American people deserve answers and real solutions to secure our elections moving forward.